Pizza v recruitment

We ordered takeaway pizza the other day โ€“ my daughterโ€™s idea. She had just finished a week of exams, so we gave her a free choice (I didnโ€™t object).

We all wanted different toppings but ordering four separate pizzas was expensive, so we applied a little bit of year 8 maths to see if we could make a saving.

Of course, we could! The end result was that we could save quite a bit by joining forces and ordering the biggest pizza they had, with one topping only.

Here’s the proof

๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐˜‡๐˜‡๐—ฎ๐˜€ (๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐˜ƒ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€)

Small ยฃ8 (9.5 in)
Medium ยฃ10 (11.5 in)
Large ยฃ12 (13.5 in)

๐—”๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ =ฯ€r^๐Ÿฎ
So the area of the pizzas (in square inches) is:
Small 70.88
Medium 103.87
Large 143.14

๐—–๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐˜‡๐˜‡๐—ฎ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ต:
Small 11p
Medium 9.6p
Large 8.4p

So itโ€™s getting significantly cheaper for what seems like a small increase in size. Letโ€™s see what happens if we double the diameter of the large pizza while doubling the price:

Diameter 27 inches
Price ยฃ24
Area 572.56 square inches
Cost per square inch 4.1p

But how does this relate to recruitment?

The point of this is not the cost of each square inch of pizza, but the number of square inches there are. Assuming the average adult eats 50 sq in of pizza, the extra-large one weโ€™ve just invented would feed an entire football team with some to spare, at a cost per person of just ยฃ2.18!

But what does all this have to do with recruitment?

Simply this: if you are looking for someone to join your team, narrowing your geographic range severely limits the pool of people to recruit from. The further out you go, the wider the pool, growing quadratically. And the same applies in reverse if youโ€™re looking for work.

My point is: offering or seeking hybrid or remote working will give you a much wider choice.

This sounds obvious, but the numbers are surprising. Tomorrow I will attempt to prove my theory by conducting a series of candidate searches on an online job board, then ordering a 54-inch takeaway pizza, then publishing the results for all to see.

Stay tuned!

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